Accidents In 2002
NOTE:This year 384 lives were lost, 23,420 were injured and 36,968 vehicles, trailers and other items were either destroyed or damaged.

This data vastly underestimate the true magnitude of this public safety issue. 
Not all accidents are reported and the Uniform Traffic Accident Report does not have a section for Utility Trailers.





Note:  I have researched and have found over 5,120 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this Year.  I will feature 100 as finances allow to purchase the articles and will provide summary's for as many as possible.

       2.   Tallahassee Democrat (FL) - July 25, 2002

IF YOU HAUL A,  UTILITY TRAILER, KEEP READING   
     Dear Traffic Doctor, I recently witnessed a terrible accident. I got there just after the collision between a woman's pickup and a utility trailer that had come loose from a panel truck. As the paramedics tried to save the woman's life, I tried to comfort the driver of the panel truck. When the paramedics told him the lady was dead, I watched him go to pieces.Later, I noticed the ball hitch was in the coupler on the trailer but WITHOUT A RETAINING NUT --- it had...

       3.   Express-Times, The (Easton, PA) - April 2, 2002

Free-wheeling car collides with tractor-trailer on I-78   
     L. SAUCON TWP. - A car came loose from a trailer and drifted across Interstate 78 into the path of a tractor-trailer Sunday, police said. Police said the car was being towed behind a Penske rental truck driven by Len Bertuglia, 44, of Brooklyn, N.Y.Police said the car was being towed west on Interstate 78 at 11:33 p.m. when it came loose and drifted in front of a tractor-trailer driven by Jeffrey J. Dobisch, 45, of Covington, Tenn.Police said the tractor-trailer sent...



       4.   State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - January 16, 2002

Police look at trailer hitch from fatal crash / Tests could take weeks to finish   
     The Sangamon County sheriff's office and Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash Friday that killed an 11-year-old New Berlin girl and her mother.The minivan Darlene, 40, and Ali Fischer were in collided head-on with a flatbed trailer that came loose from a dump truck on Spaulding Orchard Road just west of Illinois 4.Two other girls, passengers in the van, were injured.Sheriff Neil Williamson said Tuesday that tickets probably will be issued.His...



       5.   Eagle, The (Bryan-College Station, TX) - August 21, 2002

Bryan man found guilty of criminally negligent homicide   
     A Bryan man whose trailer came loose from his truck and killed a woman was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide Tuesday by a Brazos County jury. The eight-woman, four-man panel took more than four hours to convict John Guzman Tello after a two-day trial in the 361st District Court. Tello, 32, did not properly hitch a 16-foot trailer to his pickup on Oct. 16. The trailer came loose from the truck and struck Pat Supak as she was walking along Copperfield...


       6.   Express-Times, The (Easton, PA) - April 3, 2002

Driverless car collides with truck on I-78   
     L. SAUCON TWP. - A car came loose from a trailer and drifted across Interstate 78 into the path of a tractor-trailer Sunday, police said. Police said the car was being towed behind a Penske rental truck driven by Len Bertuglia, 44, of Brooklyn, N.Y.Police said the car was being towed west on Interstate 78 at 11:33 p.m. when it came loose and drifted in front of a tractor-trailer driven by Jeffrey J. Dobisch, 45, of Covington, Tenn.Police said the tractor-trailer sent...



       7.   State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - January 12, 2002

Crash kills woman, daughter / Minivan collides with trailer on Spaulding Orchard Road   
     A New Berlin woman and her 11-year-old daughter were killed Friday evening when the minivan they were in collided with a flatbed trailer that had come loose from a truck on Spaulding Orchard Road just west of Illinois 4.There were two other children in the minivan, but authorities were not immediately releasing any of their names to ensure that all their family members had been notified first.According to the Sangamon County sheriff's office, the driver of a dump truck...



       8.   One-vehicle accident overturns trailer, releases animals on I-44   
     Loose bull destroyed after charging officer By Kelly Doria News-Leader An injured cow and a bull that charged a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper were destroyed Monday after a one-car accident on Interstate 44.The bull got loose after the trailer it was riding in tipped over. Trooper Kevin Hunter managed to herd the bull into a ravine, but the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash told authorities the bull could not be controlled and would have to be destroyed. Hunter shot...


       9.   St. Petersburg Times - October 30, 2002

Couple injured when trailer slams car   
     When the white pickup hit the railroad tracks, its trailer and load of boards flew loose and careened toward an oncoming 1983 Oldsmobile convertible, witnesses said. Robert and Dorthy Schwefringhaus were riding east in that car Tuesday morning on State Road 52."It hit them pretty hard," said Tommy Gardner, who was following the westbound pickup.The trailer ripped off the car's canvas roof. The car burst into flames.As Gardner pulled...


       10.   Houston Chronicle - May 23, 2002

Trailer fatally injures man on South Wayside   
     A trailer that came disengaged from a vehicle in east Houston veered onto a sidewalk and pinned a man against a dirt embankment, fatally injuring him. Reynaldo Antonio Benitez, 39, of the 800 block of Fair Oaks died at Ben Taub Hospital. An improperly secured trailer broke loose when the car pulling it hit a bump in the 400 block of South Wayside on Tuesday, police said. They said charges were pending against the 54-year-old man towing the trailer....


       11.  Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA) - February 10, 2002

Boat slides off trailer at Orleans intersection   
     ORLEANS - A 20-foot power boat was damaged yesterday morning when it slid from a trailer in the middle of a busy intersection, police said.The driver, James C. Jodice of Dennis, told police that he was crossing Route 28 at Cove Road at 9:45 a.m. and was forced to accelerate to avoid a collision with a another vehicle. No injuries were reported.The boat came loose from the trailer and slid onto the road, scratching the hull and but leaving its 115-horsepower outboard engine...



       12.  Eagle, The (Bryan-College Station, TX) - August 20, 2002

Man’s trial begins in teacher’s death   
     Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner on Monday told jurors that a driver whose trailer came loose from his truck and killed a woman had chosen convenience over safety by not properly securing the trailer. Turner, on the first day of John Guzman Tello’s felony trial, said the 32-year-old is criminally negligent for unsafely hitching the trailer to his pickup. The trailer struck Pat Supak, a former teacher at Bowen Elementary School in Bryan who was..


       13.   Victoria Advocate, The (TX) - March 23, 2002

Rock Island man killed in accident   
     EAGLE LAKE -- A Rock Island resident was killed when a trailer hit his pickup on U.S. Highway 90 A approximately 4.9 miles west of Eagle Lake Thursday evening.William Burton Arrison, 42, of Rock Island, was declared dead at 8:51 p.m. at the scene of the wreck. According to a Department of Public Safety report, a homemade flatbed utility trailer separated from a pickup traveling east on the highway and hit Arrison's 1999 Chevrolet pickup, which was moving west. Arrison was...


       14.   Columbian, The (Vancouver, WA) - March 23, 2002

ROUGH SAILING IN RUSH HOUR: HOUSEBOAT SINKS I-5 TRAFFIC   
     HAZEL DELL ---- Traffic on Interstate 5 northbound was abruptly choked off at rush hour Friday when a 40-foot houseboat towed by an Oregon man came loose and flopped onto both lanes.Incredibly, Washington State Patrol officers said, no one was injured ---- not even driver Lawrence B. Benton, 64. And not even a fender bender occurred in the next few hours as motorists came to a stop, and troopers worked to control the scene.Officials said Benton, of Coos Bay, was driving a full-size...



       15.   Bangor Daily News (ME) - August 17, 2002

Horse trailer wrecked in Route 184 mishap   
     An empty horse trailer was considered a total loss after it came loose from a truck that was towing it Thursday afternoon.Bonnie Moretto, 50, of Lamoine was driving south on Route 184 around 5:30 p.m. when the two-horse trailer separated from Moretto's 1988 Ford truck, Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Mitchell said.The trailer went off the east side of the road, crashing between two trees and coming to rest on its roof about one mile from Route 1, he...



       16.   Times-News, The (Twin Falls, ID) - June 25, 2002

MC edition. Mini-Cassia in brief.   
     Compiled from staff reports Section B Page 01 Burley man dies after crash BURLEY -- A Burley man died Sunday at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise from injuries sustained in an automobile wreck. Dale Whitaker, 70, was injured on Wednesday when his 1986 Chevrolet pickup hit an oncoming U-Haul trailer on U.S.Highway 30 near Murtaugh. Gunter Martell, 29, of Downey was driving west in a 2000 Ford pickup when the U-Haul trailer he was pulling came loose and swerved into...



       17.   Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - January 26, 2002

Buffalo fall from trailer, force closure of highway   
     ERIE, Pa. - State police shut seven miles of an interstate for two hours after three buffalo fell from a trailer and roamed the highway. The animals got loose at around 6 a.m. Friday when a rear latch broke on a trailer hauling 25 buffalo from South Dakota to a farm near Utica, N.Y., police said.One buffalo was killed instantly when it was struck by a tractor-trailer along Interstate 90, said Trooper Robert Dietz. The driver of the truck was not injured.A trooper shot and killed...


       18.   Chicago Sun-Times March 10, 2002
Section: NEWS
Page: 10
The cautious candidate
GOP front-runner guards his image
Author: Scott Fornek
Jim Ryan is such a careful guy, sometimes he drives his wife nuts.
Marie Ryan remembers the family preparing for a vacation in northern Minnesota in the early 1980s with her husband's sisters and their families. They were to ride up in two vans, one towing a U-Haul trailer piled high with luggage and bicycles.
All were itching to get on the road, but Jim Ryan wanted to rethink the trailer idea.
"He said, 'I'm telling you, that thing cannot hold what it's got. This is not a good idea. . . . Let's think about this a little bit,' " she remembers. "And I'm like, 'Come on, come on.' . . . We put him in the back seat of the van. And the whole time he's grouchy. He's saying, 'I'm telling you. This does not look right.' "
Sure enough, out on the road, the trailer comes loose. "We see the U-Haul passing us," she said, laughing. "And the bikes are falling, the luggage is falling. It was a nightmare.
"I swear nine times out of 10, he's right, and I've eaten my words. If I had listened to him, if I had made a little preparation, we wouldn't have had our underwear in the middle of the freeway."



       19.   The Greenville News= Final - May 29, 2002

One injured   
     Cutline: JASON PARKER / Staff Trailer in tow comes loose: A state Highway Patrol trooper looks at a Dodge Neon, whose driver was listed in critical condition Tuesday, after the vehicle was struck by a loose trailer along White Horse Road. The trailer was being towed by another vehicle when it came loose about 8 a.m., authorities said. No charges had been filed....



       20.    Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - June 17, 2002

TRAILER SAFETY TIPS:   
     + Check and correct tire pressure on the tow vehicle and trailer.+ Make sure wheel lug nuts and bolts on the tow vehicle and trailer are tightened correctly.+ Be sure the hitch, coupler, draw bar and other equipment that connect the trailer and the tow vehicle are properly secured and adjusted.+ Check that wiring is connected properly. It should be loose enough to make turns without disconnecting or damaging the wires, but it should not touch the road.+ Make sure all running...



       21.   Bellingham Herald, The (WA) - July 10, 2002

Runaway cargo trailer causes crash on I-5   
     JAY DROWNS HERALD PHOTO WRECKAGE: Bellingham emergency personnel load Steven Strombers of Moses Lake onto a stretcher next to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon. Strombers was northbound on I-5 when a cargo trailer being pulled southbound on I-5 by an 1985 Ford van driven by Kelly Bradley detached, crossed the median and struck Strombers' 1991 GMC Jimmy. The cause of the trailer coming loose was undetermined...
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       22.   Associated Press Archive - June 10, 2002

Towing Trailers-Tips   
     PRE-DEPARTURE SAFETY TIPS: --Check and correct tire pressure on the tow vehicle and trailer.--Make sure wheel lug nuts and bolts on the tow vehicle and trailer are tightened correctly. --Be sure the hitch, coupler, draw bar and other equipment that connect the trailer and the tow vehicle are properly secured and adjusted. --Check that wiring is connected properly. It should be loose enough to make turns without disconnecting or damaging the wires, but it should not.


       23.   Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH) - May 25, 2002

In this photo: Traffic drives by a boat that came loose from its trailer in the northbound lane of the F.E. Everett Turnpike, near Exit 12 in Merrimack on Friday. Owner Bob Ellis of Chelmsford, Mass., said he and his wife, Catherine, were on their way to Lake Winnipesaukee to spend Memorial Day weekend with his parents when they noticed the boat was wobbling back and forth on the trailer around 3:15 p.m. Catherine Ellis applied the brakes and the boat came partway off the trailer. They later   
     In this photo: Traffic drives by a boat that came loose from its trailer in the northbound lane of the F.E. Everett Turnpike, near Exit 12 in Merrimack on Friday. Owner Bob Ellis of Chelmsford, Mass., said he and his wife, Catherine, were on their way to Lake Winnipesaukee to spend Memorial Day weekend with his parents when they noticed the boat was wobbling back and forth on the trailer around 3:15 p.m. Catherine Ellis applied the brakes and the boat came partway off the trailer. They later...



       24.   St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - August 15, 2002

WITHOUT A HITCH//MORE TRAILERS ON THE ROAD MEANS MORE ACCIDENTS. HERE'S HOW TO AVOID ONE.   
     WASHINGTON -- The government is publishing a new set of tips for safe trailer towing to help an increasing number of Americans who own SUVs and pickups that can pull trailers and other vehicles.The number of accidents involving vehicles as they towed trailers increased 36 percent from 1992 to 2000, according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There were 57,455 crashes involving 26,570 injuries in 2000, compared to 42,242 crashes involving 19,896 injuries...


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       25.   Watertown Daily Times (NY) - January 27, 2002

FALLEN BUFFALO CLOSE INTERSTATE AFTER ACCIDENT   
     State police shut seven miles of an interstate for two hours after three buffalo fell from a trailer and roamed the highway.The animals got loose at around 6 a.m. Friday when a rear latch broke on a trailer hauling 25 buffalo from South Dakota to a farm near Utica, police said.One buffalo was killed instantly when it was struck by a tractor- trailer along Interstate 90, said Trooper Robert Dietz. The driver of the truck was not injured.A trooper shot and killed another buffalo...



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